Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Dimple on the chin...happy baby within.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Melissa Schaffer came over to learn how to ski today. Afterwards, I was cleaning the kitchen and she asked if she could help. I said, "Why don't you make some cookies?" And she agreed. I got a recipe for her and assembled the ingredients. Then I carried on with cleaning the kitchen.
A few minutes later Melissa said that she thought she might have made a mistake with the cookies. "What happened?" I asked her. She told me that she put 1 cup of vanilla in the cookies instead of 1 teaspoon. We did some quick calculations and figured out that it was 48 times the amount the recipe called for.
Okay, so we dumped the cookie dough in the trash and started over since the vanilla had saturated everything in the bowl. I think Melissa learned more about cooking today than skiing.
The good news...the kitchen sure smelled good!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
For the month of June, Brianna and her friend Natalie Teets have been going to Kid's College. They have had all kinds of interesting classes including art, hip hop, cooking, paper mache, and sewing to name some. They go to classes from 9 until 4 everyday.
What fun they have had!
Sunday, June 25, 2006
I thought about this recently when school ended. The second grade team had an end of the school year party. Spouses were not invited, but when I showed up without Doug several people asked me where he was? I answered that I didn't think spouses were invited and the response was something like, well, they aren't but your husband is different. He talks with my co-workers as easily as I do. He is always up on their concerns about school and about life. He helps me decorate bulletin boards from tasks as mundane as putting up background, to helping me design a new theme from the get go and brainstorming how to make it happen.
When we moved to Florida, I felt like I was moving to the end of the earth...that was before Argentina, when we really did move to the end of the earth. I told him I wanted to buy jet skis so we could play together as a family, but it was also something I thought I could manage on my own when he wasn't able to join us because of his extensive work schedule. It was clear that he always worried about us when we went out on our own, and he always listened to our adventures with enthusiasm. He didn't share my love of waterskiing however and when he was with us he was the designated driver. About six years ago, the girls taught him how to ski and he enjoyed it so much that I started pressuring him to learn to slalom a few years later. He was not enthusiastic. As time went on he agreed to try and I believe he enjoys it now every bit as much as I do.
Although his Sundays are full and he often attends more than one Sacrament meeting himself, he always comes home and wants to know all about my Sunday...who spoke, who I talked with and generally what went on in my day.
He looks with interest at flowers budding in my garden. When we went on our trip to Montreal, he spent a Sunday afternoon at the botanical gardens because I wanted to go there and never asked for equal time doing something that would be more interesting to him.
He goes shopping with me even when it is something as mundane as groceries. Although he doesn't like to shop for himself, he is always happy to shop for me. He pays attention to current trends in style and things and colors that would look good on me. When we lived in the UK, he would come back to the States and shop for me and the girls and has seldom missed the mark when purchasing for any of us.
Of course, I hope that I have made the things in his life important to me. But I can say for sure that he has truly been successful in making me feel loved by being interested in every aspect of my life.
Mo Day was wonderful. She is darling as ever and sweet and funny as ever too. Her boyfriend, Christian came with her and it was a pleasure to meet him. I thought Christian was easy to talk with and polite and thoughtful. He also did a few things that made me think he is probably practical and sensible as well...so obviously, the first impression is that here is a fine boy that Mo has chosen to date. How like her!
We skied and ate lunch at Tijuana Flats and ran errands at Millenia Mall before having dinner at Brio. For me, doing those activities with almost anyone would be good, but doing them with Mo and Christian and Roxanne and Mike was terrific. I think we need more Mo Days!
Friday, June 23, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Saturday, June 17, 2006
We all went to the Nordy's sale today. We ate lunch at the Nordstrom cafeteria and three of the patrons stopped by our table to tell us what well behaved children were with us. It was after lunch that we decided to divide the kids among the adults. I got Carter who would not hold my hand, but was perfectly happy to play passenger train with me and follow me wherever I went.
Later, we went to the park for an evening picnic. Courtney asked me to push her in the swing, but then we decided to do what Courtney calls "double swing" and she sat on my lap facing me while we swung. We swung high and higher and highest and she squealed with delight. Carter finally convinced her that it was his tu(r)n. (He doesn't say the "r" sound yet.) We swung high and he was begging to get off. And quick as that Courtney was back.
When I was very young I memorized a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson called
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
I loved flying with Courtney today!
Friday, June 16, 2006
I have never felt like Doug was very good at multi-tasking. He did impress me with his abilities today. He negotiated a car deal for the Seguine family, kept the three kids busy and had numerous telephone calls with Tricia to keep her abreast of the progess...Well done!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
We strolled around the buildings of Yale.
An accomplished musician was obviously playing the bells in the tower. It was so relaxing enjoying the warm and beautiful day.
So then today...we went to Stoney Creek. We took a
45 minute, five mile boat tour around the Thimble Islands. 25 granite islands with massive homes and lush gardens. Most of the homes are summer escapes. There are some interesting stories surrounding some of the islands - one is believed to have been Captain Kidd's hiding place. They even claim that treasure was found there. Some islands have been re-shaped by the elements, but all the islands are solid pink granite--the same stone used in Grant's Tomb, the base of the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial. It's a natural marvel. Then we had lunch at the local bakery/deli/pizzeria.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Quebec City has very charming European style streets in the old part of town. We had lunch at this beautiful hotel called Chateau Frontenac orginally built in the late 1800's by the Canadian Railway to accomodate their wealthy travelers. We had a stunning view overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
Then we drove to the Ile de Orleans. There were many interesting villages. We stopped at a shop that had once been a church and purchased a birdhouse made by the owner as a remembrance of our experiences in Canada.
After four straight days of rain, we were very pleased to have the opportunity of spending the afternoon walking the botanical gardens.
We had brunch at this cute place...
From the menu:
"We are a
to innovation and eggcellence.
Meeting your "Eggspectations" is
part of our everyday eggsperience,
striving to surpass them is what
makes us "eggstraordinary".
We need an Egg Spectation in Mt. Dora!
The Plateau or Plateau Mont-Royal is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Canada. It is characterized by brightly-coloured houses, cafés, book shops, and any number of trendy clothing stores have their place along the strip of St-Laurent.
We spent the day walking and shopping. Doug bought me a suit at Tristan and America.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Doug and I went to this great little bagel shoppe for breakfast. It has been in business since 1919, famous now for their hand rolled bagels...loved it! We ate our bagels in the park next to this very picturesque fire station.
Next, we were off to Olympic Park where Doug took this very cool picture of the Biodome.
Inside the Biodome, we learned some very interesting things and saw some very interesting animals, including this sleeping porcupine.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The market was a visual feast of flowers and produce.
Afterwards we walked along the Lachine Canal. The canal and it's locks were restored in 2002 and there are nice pedestrian and bicycle paths alongside.
We took the metro and the city bus system to get to MontRoyal. The park was designed by Olmstead,who is famous for Central Park in NYC. We saw many joggers and walkers and we actually walked a fair distance ourselves. In the winter they snow ski the trails. The park has tons of giant trees throughout and some fantastic mansions on the outskirts.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
We went to eat at the port in Old Montreal. We ate at a hospital built in 1694. The structure was renovated in 1967 and is now called Gibbys, the name coming from the horses' stalls which were located inthe central countyard.
I had sirloin en crote which was a steak encrusted with Dijon mustard, breadcrumbs and black peppercorns. I was feeling quite"crote"ish evidently, because we shared hot apple crote for dessert which was a fantastically delicious cross between a crossaint and puff pastry laced with hot caramel and apples. The French have a wonderful reputation for cooking for a reason!
Afterwards we walked along the quays (pronounced keys) and up to the Place Jacques-Cartier. It was like Disneyland only much better because it was real...sidewalk artists, flowercarts, street entertainers, all the windows decorated with flowers and open so that the patrons could enjoy the warm evening. It's spring here in Montreal and tonight the scent of lilac is heavy in the air.